Highlights & updates


Martina Szabo

Global Perspectives on COVID-19 Variants, Vaccines and Testing: Insights from the COVID-19 Workplace Commons

With the deployment of several COVID-19 vaccines and the rise of new COVID-19 variants around the world, how can we remain vigilant in taking back control?

A webinar held on 25 March shared insights from experts around the world, including those knowledgeable about Israel’s vaccine rollout; variants seen in the UK, Brazil and South Africa; surveillance of new variants using genomic sequencing; and how testing must continue to evolve to fully reopen society.

Check out the webinar recording below to hear from:

  • Rick Bright, Senior Vice President of Pandemic Prevention and Response, The Rockefeller Foundation; Former director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
  • Tamsin Berry, Partner, Population Health Partners; Former director, Office for Life Sciences, UK Department of Health and Social Care
  • Willem Hanekom, Director, Africa Health Research Institute
  • Alan Tennenberg, Fellow, World Economic Forum

The COVID-19 Workplace Commons is a worldwide community dedicated to enabling the sharing of information on workplace practices regarding the coronavirus pandemic, developed by Arizona State University in partnership with the World Economic Forum.

Watch previous webinars and register for upcoming discussions here.

Achieving the 2021 goals for the ACT-Accelerator: What’s holding us back?

The Facilitation Council of The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, held its 5th meeting this week, focused on two topics:

  • Achieving our ACT-A diagnostics & therapeutics goals for 2021: What’s holding us back?
  • Where do we have to focus to rapidly scale up vaccine supply to COVAX?

Read the outcome statement from the Co-Chairs here.

The ACT-Accelerator is a groundbreaking global collaboration to speed up the development and deployment of vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19, with a focus on global coordination and solidarity.

The Forum is a non-governmental member of the Facilitation Council and ACT-Accelerator, which includes COVAX, the initiative to equitably distribute vaccines around the globe.

Read more about the ACT-Accelerator and watch the full Council meeting here.